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Bangladesh's MCL in the offing?

  • Published at 09:39 pm July 21st, 2016
  • Last updated at 06:40 pm July 24th, 2016
Bangladesh's MCL in the offing?

Bangladesh may soon have its own Masters Cricket League later this year. Former national captains and Bangladesh Cricket Board directors Akram Khan and Khaled Mahmud are among the conveners who are organising this Twenty20 league comprising former cricketers.

Another former captain, Khaled Mashud, is also said to be a convener.

Imago Sports Management Limited is in line to manage the tournament which aims to have eight teams, each named after a former Bangladesh captain.

“The plan came up suddenly and we are still in the planning stage. But we are determined to hold this tournament in September this year,” Akram told Dhaka Tribune on Thursday.

“We are yet to decide the tournament format but we plan to have at least eight teams in the tournament. Much of it will depend on the sponsors but I hope to get good response,” he added.

Only those with at least 10 years of playing experience in the Dhaka Premier League will be eligible for the tournament.

Earlier this year in January, the Emirates Cricket Board hosted the Masters Champions League in the UAE, contested by former international cricketers. The inaugural season consisted six teams.

The MCL received a 10-year approval from the ECB but faced difficulties before its first season over the status of "retired" international players, who were still contracted to other domestic competitions, as well as delays in player payments which almost led to players abandoning the tournament mid-season.